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November 23, 2018 Edition
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Pierson Appointed Assistant Director

Gregory Pierson was appointed Assistant Director of Aviation of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) by Mike Edwards, the Director of Aviation.

Mr. Pierson has 12 years of airport management experience, and was serving as the Interim Assistant Director of Aviation. He was previously the BTR Airport Computer/Electronics Systems Manager (IT Manager). He first joined the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport 15 years ago as a PC LAN Specialist. Within his first three years, he was promoted to a PC LAN Administrator. In his most recent role as IT Manager, his Airport-wide involvement afforded him the experience to identify and manage the expectations and needs of various stakeholders, while ensuring the decisions and processes related to the Technology division were in alignment with the overall mission of the Airport.  

Mr. Pierson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Management from Southern University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He has an ITIL Foundation and Software House industry certification and is currently preparing for his AAAE Certified Member certification. He is also a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), and is an IRS Registered Tax Preparer.

“I am truly humbled and excited about the opportunity to serve in this new capacity. I look forward to continuing to do my part to make BTR the airport of choice, and to facilitate improvements in our community outreach efforts.”

Greg grew up in the Baton Rouge Area, graduating from Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge. He and his wife LaToya have three children, Alyvia, Dylan and Skylar.

Passenger Volume Increasing at BTR

Passenger enplanements, or departing passengers, were up 4.7% at Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) in October over the same month in 2017. Deplanements, or arriving passengers, were up 3.4%. Total passenger volume in October was 76,461. Year-to-date passenger numbers through October are 667,095, up 4%. The BTR passenger volume is the second highest among Louisiana airports.

Help Grow Our Readership
Asking Military Aviators for Help in This Edition

The distribution list for the Louisiana Aviation News continues to grow very slowly.  We gain 1-3 or so subscribers a week which is disappointing. This email went out to 1,192 subscribers which is nice…..but with the size of the Louisiana aviation community it should be many times that.

Why am I even concerned about the size of the distribution list?  It’s true that is not a business and I don’t charge for anything.  I won’t get any direct benefit from increasing the size of the list. The main reason is that doing all of this takes a lot of work…. and therefore, the more people that read it then the more people that will benefit from my work.

While the goal of has always been to benefit the entire Louisiana Aviation Community, over the next few weeks I’m going to challenge various segments of readers to help increase the distribution.   Last edition it was the 70 public airports in Louisiana. Today, I’m going to continue with all of the military aviation units in Louisiana.  I’m asking all of the pilots, mechanics, etc. at all of the bases to help spread the word about - Barksdale, NAS New Orleans - Air Force, Navy, La ANG, Coast Guard.

Here are a few things I would like the military aviation units to do to help increase the distribution:

  1. Forward this Louisiana Aviation News email to your fellow soldiers so they can subscribe.
  2. Print a poster and put it on your bulletin boards.  You can get the poster by clicking HERE

To Subscribe to the Louisiana Aviation News click HERE and follow the instructions.  Or you can also scan this with your cell phone…


Stay tuned as I will pick another segment of the Louisiana aviation community in the next edition.  Thanks for your help.

Aviation Blog

Alan Malone Aviation Essay

You watch skydivers now with their modern parachutes and they seem to be able to steer them to a spot landing almost anywhere they please.  Well, it wasn’t always that way.  Alan tells about one of his jumps in the “good old days” in A Walk in the Weeds (Essay #270).

To read the essay click….HERE

If you would like to contact Alan Malone to thank him and comment on his essays he can be reached at

To see the Blog Archives click HERE


This Week's Events:

Saturday, November 24

9:30am Shreveport EAA Meeting

Monday, November 26

6:00pm Hammond CAP Meeting
7:00pm Ascension CAP Composite Squadron Meeting
7:00pm Baton Rouge CAP Composite Squadron Meeting

Tuesday, November 27

6:00pm CENLA CAP Composite Squadron Meeting
6:00pm Shreveport CAP Senior Squadron Meeting
6:30pm Pontchartrain CAP Cadet Squadron Meeting

Saturday, December 1

7:00am Pineville Breakfast Fly-in
When  Sat, December 1, 7am – 10am
Where  Pineville Municipal Airport (2L0) (map)
Description  EAA Chapter 614 hosts their famous fly-in breakfast on the first Saturday of every month. Breakfast served from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
more details»  copy to my calendar

8:00am Pajamas, Pancakes & Planes ~ Breakfast with Santa
When  Sat, December 1, 8:00am – 9:30am
Description  This event is SOLD OUT!
more details»  copy to my calendar
10:00am Pajamas, Pancakes & Planes ~ Breakfast with Santa
When  Sat, December 1, 10:00am – 11:30am
Where  Southern Heritage Air Foundation (map)
Description  This event is SOLD OUT!
more details»  copy to my calendar

11:00am 1st Annual Gary F. Pecquet Fly-in & Santa's Fly Market
  Sat, December 1, 11am – 2pm
Where  Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport, 355 Airport Rd, Reserve, LA 70084, USA (map)
Description  1st Annual Gary F. Pecquet Fly-In and Santa’s Fly Market. It will be held on Saturday, Dec 1st from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hangar #1. Gumbo will be served. We are hopeful that the Fly Market will be a success but we will need you (and other area pilots) to bring items you have lying around your hangar that you would like to sell. Tables will be available for you to display those items, but please let us know how much space you will require. See attached flyer. We hope you can make it.

more details»  copy to my calendar

12:00pm Leesville EAA Meeting

For additional details on the above events click HERE

Coming Events:

 New Events On the Calendar 

Tuesday, December 4

Attention Baton Rouge Area Pilots:  If you want more of these seminars by both the FAA and possibly even the AOPA, then it is very important for you to attend this event.  This could be a very nice central location for some excellent periodic seminars and your support will help make that happen.

FAA Safety Seminar - Baton Rouge
"BTR Air Traffic Control Operations and Spacial Disorientation Discussion"

Topic: BTR ATC Operations and Safety Implementations, Hazards of Spacial Disorientation, and an Introduction to the FAASTeam.

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 18:30 Central Standard Time

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Multiplex
4400 Airpark Boulevard
Multiplex Facility
Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Come and join us from 6:30PM to 7:30PM.  BTR Air Traffic Control will present on airport hotspots, new taxiway additions, wrong surface landings, ADS-B, and BTR's RADAR system Fusion versus MEARTs.

BTR FSDO will make a presentation on the hazards and risks of spatial disorientation as well as an Introduction to and the FAASTeam.

Light snacks and beverages will be provided during the safety meeting courtesy of Signature Flight Support (BTR).

This will be a live presentation and discussion including speakers from the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Air Traffic Control Tower and the Baton Rouge Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).  Your participation is encouraged!

If you fly-in and park at BTR Jet Center, please notify the FBO personnel that you are there to attend the FAASTeam safety meeting at the Multiplex and ramp fees will be waived.  BTR Jet Center will provide complimentary ground transportation between their FBO and the Multiplex to safety seminar attendees.  Fuel is available for purchase at BTR Jet Center (Shell Dealer).

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

For additional details on these and other future events click HERE and then click on the event.


Aircraft For Sale in Louisiana

Helicopter For Sale

ROBINSON R-44 RAVEN II • $329,000 • AVAILABLE FOR SALE • 2006 R-44 RII 1134 TTSN, New -7 MRB in 2015, New TRB in 2017. NDH. Air Conditioning blows cold! Bladder Tanks, Bubble Windows. KY 196A comm, KT 76a transponder. Garmin 696 panel powered. Bose receptacles in front. Gold metallic exterior, tan leather seats. Eyebrow tint keeps you cool and easily removable. No commercial ops. Clean, smooth, powerful mid time Raven II with great component times remaining! Time may change slightly as it flies regularly. • Contact Bill J. Delcambre, Owner - located Grand Coteau , LA USA • Telephone: 337-280-4822
Click For Details.

Cessna 172XP For Sale

1977 CESSNA 172 XP • $55,000 • FOR SALE • 1977 . Isham 210 HP, Tailwheel conversion, 2576 TT., 1185 SMOH, IFR, Retractable pull handles, storable rear seats. No damage history. Hangared. Aircraft based F89. • Contact Glenn Y. Adams located Downsville, LA USA • Telephone: 318-791-4877

Click for Details

Baron For Sale

1993 BARON 58 • $425,000 • FOR SALE • N8290U SN: TH-1688 TTAF: 4235 Engine: Continental IO-550 SMOH: 886/886 Props: McCauley 3-Blade Hot Props w/ Prop Sync SPOH: 884/884 Avionics: ADSB In/Out Garmin G500 Integrated Flight Display Garmin GNS 530/430 (WAAS) Comm/Nav/GPS King KFC-200 IFCS w/ Yaw Dampener/ Roll Steering Garmin GTX 335 Mode-S Transponder GMA 340 Audio Panel Shadin Fuel Flow Insight Strike Finder Standby Attitude/Airspeed/ Altimeter Altitude Pre-Select Altitude Alerter Additional Equipment: Factory Air Conditioning Vortex Generators Rosen Visors Yoke Mounted Chronometer Ground Comm Switch • Contact Wilson J. Brown - PROPELL AIR LLC located Deridder, LA USA • Telephone: 3374015013
Click For Details

To see aircraft located in Louisiana in Trade-A-Plane click Louisiana Aircraft on Trade-A-Plane

Other Classifieds

Garmin 530 For Sale

Like new Garmin GNS-530 GPS/NAV/COM NON-WAAS 14/28 in excellent condition.Approved and has FORM 8130-3.  Accessories include Tray, Backplate, Connectors and Antenna. Unit is in perfect working condition.
Contact Luis at 

Own Your Own Airport

Some aviation person really needs to own this house southeast of Baton Rouge with a paved runway on the property…...  

Mid century modern home that sits on 34.85 acres. The house flooded in August, 2016, and has been gutted and treated. Located towards the end of Hoo Shoo Too, and also known as Capozzoli Landing Strip, this property has a unique 2,000 foot airplane landing strip (on the charts as 6LA2). The land and house backs up to Bayou Manchac. Property on the opposite side of the bayou (approximately 30 acres) can be purchased for $275,000 (see Muddy Creek listing in the LAND section of MLS). There are 27.05 acres located in flood zone AE, 7.80 acres in zone X.

Click For Details

Special Deal on Autogyro Flights

Autogyro of Louisiana at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport has some special deals on their flights.  This is a limited time offer.

Click For Details

Cessna Fuel Bladder For Sale

CESSNA 182 RIGHT FUEL BLADDER • $749 • FOR SALE • New P.N. 1200065-6 kit including snaps, seals. Sealed in original bag • Contact Brad Hensley located Moss Bluff, LA USA • Telephone: 805-452-2235

Click For Details

Zenith 701 Wanted

ZENITH CH 701 • WANTED • Motivated buyer for well-built ch701, 80-100 Rotax preferred. Text or call • Contact Mark Molina located Abita Springs, LA USA • Telephone: 772-979-1082,,
Click For Details

Have Something to Sell?

If you have something that you want to sell, buy or any other type of aviation-related Classified just click HERE  and we will put it in Facebook, these news emails, and our website.  There is never any charge for this service.

For all of the older Classifieds click HERE


I'm sure all of you know about the proverbial $100 hamburger trip in the aviation world.   Since we are in Louisiana, I think it would be more appropriate to call it the $100 PoBoy.  To see​ a compilation of places around Louisiana to get that $100 PoBoy click....$100_Poboy.html 

​If you have some additions or corrections for places please reply to this message.


Some very interesting Mountain Landings...

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Listen to Air Traffic Control Live

You can listen to several Louisiana air traffic control frequencies live on your computer at or with some mobile apps on your phone.

Here are the direct links to those Louisiana airports:

  • For Baton Rouge (KBTR) (Includes False River Regional & Louisiana Regional) click HERE
  • For New Orleans International (KMSY) click HERE
  • For New Orleans Lakefront (KNEW) click HERE
  • For Hammond Northshore Regional (KHDC) click HERE
  • For Lafayette Regional (KLFT) click HERE
  • For South Lafourche (KGAO) click HERE

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